The Gravity of Grace

Life Around the Son in Mark's Gospel, May 7 - September 17

Finding meaning in life is tricky because what we find meaningful is what we find lovely. We are what we love. But the problem is that we are torn and confused by competing loves or even wrong loves. This is why we're anxious and uncertain about the meaning of life. In the Gospel of Mark, we feel our hearts being drawn by the weight of Jesus—his authority, grace, beauty. Yes, this is who we were made to love. And with Jesus at the center of our universe, we can find a true identity and a lasting purpose to life.

The Gospel of Mark offers us a captivating look at the life, work and mission of Jesus. In him, we find acceptance through his grace and life through his death. His weight is our hope. If our lives are not centered on the “things of God” (Mark 8:33), then we will only find disappointment and emptiness. “If life is a dance,” Tim Keller writes, “then you need more than anything else to be in it. . . . You are made to enter into a dance with the Trinity.”

Jesus's love for us ushers us into this dance and he asks us to look to him, to love God and neighbor, so that others can see his beauty and experience his weight.

So let’s live with the Son at the center. He’s already there, anyway.

THE GRAVITY OF GRACE: LIFE AROUND THE SON IN MARK'S GOSPEL sermon series begins Sunday, May 7. Join us at 10 a.m.

Gospel of Mark Guidebook (PDF)

"The Anointing of Jesus Christ" – Mark 14:1-9

Speaker: Perry Paulding  Date: Sep 17, 2017

Jesus cannot be of moderate significance or value.

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"It's the End of the World as We Know It" – Mark 13

Speaker: Travis Swan  Date: Sep 10, 2017

We know this: the King will return and we will live with him forever.

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"The High Purpose of the Widow" - Mark 12:41-44

Speaker: Nathan Hrouda  Date: Sep 03, 2017

The tithe is meant to turn our hearts to worship.

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"The Great Commandment: Part II" – Mark 12:28-34

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Aug 27, 2017

Are you in a place to love and to be loved?

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"The Great Commandment: Part I" – Mark 12:28-34

Speaker: John Larsen  Date: Aug 20, 2017

The answer to disobedience and sin is not "try harder."

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"The Offensive Christ" - Mark 11:1-12:27

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Aug 13, 2017

Jesus is the lion and the lamb, the judgement and the tenderness.

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"Importance In The Kingdom" - Mark 10:13-52

Speaker: Nathan Hrouda  Date: Aug 06, 2017

Significance and importance are given by Jesus alone.

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"Following Jesus: Gaining by Losing" – Mark 8:27-38

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Jul 10, 2017

In Jesus's death, we gained much. In losing our lives for his sake, we gain much.

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"Don't Tell Anyone About Jesus" - Mark 7:24-37, 8:22-30

Speaker: John Larsen  Date: Jul 02, 2017

Jesus loves joyful surprises.

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"Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand" – Mark 8:1-10

Speaker: John Larsen  Date: Jun 25, 2017

We are all God-hungry. Thankfully, Jesus abundantly satisfies that hunger.

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"What Do You Have, Dad? Bring It To Him?" - Mark 6:30-56

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Jun 18, 2017

God is a God of abundance and he wants to multiply what you have.

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"Who Is This Man?" - Mark 4:35-5:43

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Jun 04, 2017

Jesus is God. And as God, he cannot be tamed. But he can be trusted.

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"Parables of the Kingdom" – Mark 4:1-34

Speaker: Nathan Hrouda  Date: May 28, 2017

God wants us to think of our lives as a story within his big story.

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"Jesus and Religious Self-righteousness" – Mark 2:18-3:30

Speaker: Aaron Ritter   Date: May 21, 2017

Self-righteousness and hypocrisy are the sins that Jesus highlights and most adamantly opposes.

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"The Distractible Mission of Jesus" - Mark 1:21-2:12

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: May 14, 2017

God is in control. His heart is for us.

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"The Kingdom of God Is at Hand" - Mark 1:1-20

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: May 07, 2017

Jesus is *that* King. He is bringing *that* Kingdom.

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